Welcome to part 2 of my Pinterest wood pallet project. As you can see from the shot above, I finished it!
In part one I showed you how to find, transport and prep the wood pallet boards. Now it’s time to install them on the wall.
Well, almost time. First we need to prep the wall. I know, you’re anxious to just nail them up there. Trust me. You don’t want to miss this step.
Pinterest Wood Pallet Project – Wall Prep
You need to paint the wall a dark color before you nail up the wood pallet boards.
Yes, most of the paint will be covered by the boards but these are not perfectly cut boards. The wall is going to show through wherever a board has a hole or a notch.
I painted my wall a dark chocolate brown. I happened to have this color left-over from the trim of the basement bathroom.
You could also use a complimentary color. Here’s one pinterest shot where they are using baby blue.
About the only color you don’t want is white. No… You can’t skip… it will look stupid and amateur. It only takes a few minutes — PAINT FIRST!
Board Selection for Wood Pallet Wall
I wanted the placement of the boards to look completely random – not as easy to achieve as you might think.
You would have to find and prep a lot of wood pallet boards to get any significant uniformity in your wall. It’s totally cool if that’s what you’re going for, just realize it will take awhile.
I actually prefer what I called “modified random“. Put two or three pieces together of similar color. Then switch colors, then do two or three of completely different colors.
In the end you want the give the impression that ‘you hadn’t a care in world’ when you built the wall. It just happened to turn out awesome.
Don’t worry about boards that are not perfect. Just put them up and scatter the really bad ones throughout. It adds character to the wall and again reinforces your “laisseze-fair” attitude.
When I saw the wood pallet wall photo on my Pinterest page I knew it was going to be harder than it looked. And so far, it has been.
But now the fun part is starting. We’re ready to install the boards.
You can probably get away with a chop saw but I highly recommend setting up a table saw.
Cut the wood to size and then nail it to the wall. I recommend a brad nailer. I did not use any glue.
Be sure to note where any electrical lines may be and avoid nailing in those areas, even though by code they should be a couple of inches back from the front of the stud.
Use a level on the first board you install, the rest of the boards will go off of the first one as their reference point. I started in the middle of the shortest wall.
It’s your project, but I would not recommend installing the boards vertically, unless you’re doing a knee-wall style treatment. Go horizontal.
Wood Pallet Wall – Trimming the Edges
I did not bother trying to miter the edges of two adjoining boards. I cut them as flush as possible and then added a pieces of 90 degree trim.
I think the trim really pulls the whole look together. It takes something that looks rustic and somewhat haphazard and adds sophistication and intent.
Don’t skip on the trim.
Staggering Board Seams
If you have a longer section of wall to cover be sure to stagger the seams so they look naturally un-uniform.
Pinterest Wood Pallet Project Timeline
If you devote fully to it, you can knock this project out in two weekends. Mine stretched into three but only because I skipped a couple of Sundays to watch baseball instead. Go Nationals!
Friday Night – Convince wife / husband that nailing garbage wood to your wall IS a good idea.
Saturday – Procure and prep the wood pallet boards.
Sunday – Realize you need more wood pallet boards and get some more.
( The project you see here took about 1 and 1/2 car loads of wood pallets. )
Friday night after work – Prep the wall (paint it a dark color) and the worksite (setup tools and saws and stuff)
Saturday – Cut and install the boards
Sunday – Install the trim and cleanup
Wood Pallet Wall – Looks Awesome
The project really did cost zero dollars. Of course I already had the tools thanks to my basement finishing project.
I’ve already thought about where I’m going next. Definitely doing the dartboard back stop with a similar treatment and probably some sort of shelving unit.
Have you ever created something out of wood pallet wood?
Let me know what you built in the comments below.
Cheers – Jason
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